GAINESVILLE, Fla. — North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance has tried just about everything to get more shots on net this season.
He's had assistant coach Bill Palladino stay an extra 15 minutes after practice two days a week to work with the strikers on shooting.
He's had players do extra sit-ups and pushups if they miss shots during drills.
He's even pitted blondes versus brunettes in an elimination shooting game.
On Friday against Baylor, that hard work paid off. With four goals in the first half, North Carolina overwhelmed Baylor 5-0 in an NCAA tournament second-round women's soccer game at James G. Pressly Stadium.
The Tar Heels (13-5-1) will face the winner of Florida-UCF on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a third-round match.
"There's no mystery to what all the teams are trying to do, just basically advance," Dorrance said. "But you also want to be able to advance the way we did, with some goals and shutout. That's always good for our confidence."
The Tar Heels had issues putting shots on net throughout the season, getting just 3 of 18 shots on net in its ACC tournament quarterfinal loss to Florida State. Against Baylor, North Carolina finished with 12 of 14 shots on net.
North Carolina struck quickly, scoring its first goal 13 minutes, 18 seconds into the half off a broken play inside Baylor's penalty box. Kelly McFarlane booted in the goal from 7 yards out on assists from Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai.
The Tar Heels jumped ahead 2-0 in the first half, forcing an own goal off the leg of Baylor midfielder Hanna Gillmore.
Four minutes later, Megan Brigman scored off a corner kick, extending North Carolina's lead to 3-0. Elizabeth Burchanel rounded out the first half scoring, putting UNC up 4-0 with an unassisted goal at the 39:59 mark.
Of North Carolina's seven shots in the first half, six were on net.
Emmalie Pfankuch scored North Carolina's lone goal of the second half on an assist from Maria Lubrano. Goalkeepers Adelaide Gray and Anna Sieloff each had a save to combine for the shutout.